Alternate Care Facility at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center Expected to Be Complete by April 24

by Kristin Harlow

CHICAGO — The temporary conversion of a portion of Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center into an alternate care facility for COVID-19 patients is expected to be complete by Friday, April 24. Walsh Construction, the contractor for the project, completed the first 500 beds earlier this month. The facility will have the capacity to treat up to 3,000 low-to-moderate acuity patients across three of the convention center’s halls. Patients will be separated by the level of care required. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are directing the conversion of the temporary field hospital. The project is designed to relieve pressure on the city’s hospital system by freeing up beds for more patients with severe COVID-19 cases in anticipation of a surge in positive diagnoses. Stantec provided design and engineering services for the project.

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